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Motivational Minute: Life is but a Mist

We’ve all heard the old adage, Youth is wasted on the young, but most don’t fully appreciate what it means until we ourselves are no longer considered young. Before I had children, I just couldn’t comprehend the true brevity of life. You wait anxiously for that next thing to happen, college graduation, marriage, childbirth, owning a home, etc. And, while in the wait zone, life in the present eludes you.

We take for granted that the sun will come up tomorrow and we will be here to see it. But we have no promise of tomorrow. James 4:13-14 reads, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

The only moment I have available to me is the one I’m living in right now. In our haste to move forward, we forego many of life’s blessings. For example, just before Christ’s crucifixion, He went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane and, as He wrestled with what He knew lay ahead of Him, He asked the disciples to, Sit here while I go over there and pray…Stay here and keep watch with me (Matthew 26:36b, 38b). But the disciples were tired and fell asleep, causing them to miss out on quality time they could have spent with their Savior and Friend before His betrayal and, subsequent, crucifixion.

Life is fleeting, moments are precious, and relationships are important. As I pontificate about days gone by, I can’t help but think of the lyrics to Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin:

Cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When you comin’ home dad/son
I don’t know when
But we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Life is but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away… Right now is the most important moment in your life.

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